The Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) has dedicated the first ever motorbike parking station in Monrovia.The modern terminal was dedicated yesterday in the A. B. Tolbert Road community by Vice President Joseph N. Boakai.The dedication of the hub is in gradual fulfillment of a request made by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the PCC at the dedication of the Du-port Road Park for the construction of a terminal that would shelter the cyclists from heavy rain and the scorching sun.The area consists of a parking lot, washing station, event spot, garbage can and a latrine. There are 55 bikes that need a terminal or parking station at various major junctions in the city. According to Paynesville City Mayor, Cyvette Gibson, they would soon receive a newly erected hub.“At the Du-Port Road Park dedication, President Sirleaf challenged the city government to create an enabling environment for pen-pen riders – a place that would bring sanity to their jobs. It is in fulfillment of challenge that we embarked on this project,” Mayor Gibson said.She said that with the construction of the terminal on the A. B. Tolbert Road, commercial motorcyclists will relocate from the ELWA Junction thereby promoting the free flow of traffic. The terminal will also create a safe and clean environment for over 150 bike riders and their passengers.According to Mayor Gibson, the construction of the hub, which will gradually be replicated across the city, is a significant step towards integrating the municipality’s motorcyclists into the formal sector.“This safe and organized hub will be replicated throughout the city,” she promised, adding that employment opportunities will come with the construction of each hub. “We are also creating employment for one monitor and evaluation person who will man the premises on a daily basis,” she added.Mayor Gibson expressed pride in the ELWA bike riders. “I am very proud of our bike riders at ELWA and their union for exemplifying good behavior and organization in their efforts to contribute considerably to the transport sector of our municipality.”She said the city has partnered with the pen-pen boys, their mother organization and the Liberia National Police to abide by the laws of the land.She thanked Vice President Boakai for gracing the occasion and called on him to extend her appreciation and gratitude to the President for challenging the city and endorsing her vision.She also lauded the community residents for their cooperation and dedication to the endeavor, which would not have been realized without their full participation.She indicated that the appearance of the municipality is the reflection of its occupants and “therefore all residents of the city should do all they can to keep the reflection glowing.”In his speech, VP Boakai made mention of the enormous contributions the cyclists make to the economy of the country. He said though they have some lapses, “they are of great significance to the development agenda of the country.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Carvil Duncan tribunal challengeThere was high drama in the High Court on Thursday as Justice Franklin Holder walked off the bench, leaving an uncertain outcome in the substantive legal case in front of him, following a fiery exchange and alleged implicit death threats from the Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Basil Williams.Former Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil NandlallThe imbroglio was prompted by a cross-examination regarding the conflicting stories submitted in affidavits by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and trade unionist Carvil Duncan about the tribunal which was established to determine his removal from several constitutional posts.As the cross-examination was coming to an end, a frustrated Williams accused the Judge of not accurately recording the evidence, and Justice Holder took umbrage to the accusation.An angry Williams in a loud tone of voice repeated the accusation, and the Judge again admonished him about the accusation and about his tone of voice.Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil WilliamsBut Williams then blurted out loudly, “the last Magistrate who did that to me was later found dead… and I am saying so… that the last Magistrate who did this to me was found dead”.Williams’ remarks prompted the Judge to walk off the bench, without adjourning the matter.The legal challenge filed by Duncan against the attempt to remove him as Chairman of the Public Service Commission, and as a member of the Police Service and Judicial Service Commissions.But a conflict of facts has arisen in the various affidavits filed as the Prime Minister contends that his office served Duncan with a letter dated March 29, 2016, which was received at the Public Service Commission on April 14, 2016, calling upon Duncan to show cause within 14 days why he should not be removed from the aforesaid positions.Duncan and his Confidential Secretary in their affidavits swore that no such letter was ever received at the Public Service Commission. They both contend that indeed a letter from the Prime Minister’s office was received on April 14, 2016, but that letter, addressed to Duncan, informed him of a Public Service Conference which was to be held in London, England later that year.In order to resolve this conflict in the affidavits, Justice Holder ordered the persons who swore the affidavits be cross-examined.Commenting on the Attorney General’s outbursts, his predecessor, Attorney Anil Nandlall asserted that such a conduct in the face of the court is contumacious contempt and must be condemned in the strongest possible fashion. He said coming from the Head of the Bar, it compounds the travesty.“Such exhibitions of crass disrespect for members of the Judiciary by the Attorney General, unfortunately, are not isolated incidents, but are becoming a pattern. No Judge should be subject to this type of assault. It is a fundamental principle of justice that Judges must be permitted to function in an environment that is free from intimidation, abuse and threats,” Nandlall stated.Justice Holder, in October 2016, suspended the work of the presidential tribunal following an injunction, which was filed by Nandlall. At that time, Nandlall had argued that the tribunal was an unlawful and unconstitutional course of action, since Duncan at the time was not found guilty of the charges. However, President David Granger had suspended Duncan from several constitutional posts, which included being a member of the Judicial Service Commission and the Police Service Commission.Subsequently, city Magistrate Leron Daly dismissed one of the charges against Duncan. Duncan was facing a charge which stated that on March 31, 2015 at Georgetown, he stole $984,900, property of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL).Duncan still faces a conspiracy charge which stated that between May 7 and May 8, 2015, he conspired with then Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO) of GPL, Aeshwar Deonarine to steal $27,757,547, property of the power company. Duncan had also alleged that he was offered money by both the President and Minister of State, Joseph Harmon to vacate his offices, a claim which the Government had denied.Owing to the circumstances, it is unclear when the High Court case will continue.
In Response To Criticism, CMS Revises Methodology For Hospital Star Ratings The retooled formula slightly flattens the usual bell-curve of hospitals that receive stars so that more facilities will receive 1 and 5 stars. Modern Healthcare: CMS Unveils Updated Hospital Star Ratings Formula The CMS announced Thursday it has added updated star ratings to its Hospital Compare site using a new methodology after a five-month delay.The agency had postponed the release of the star ratings since July as it worked to change the methodology and gather stakeholder feedback. The new methodology was designed in response to criticism—particularly from hospitals—that the previous formula was flawed and provided inaccurate information about providers. (Castellucci, 12/21) The federal government Thursday lowered a year’s worth of Medicare payments to 751 hospitals to penalize them for having the highest rates of patient injuries. More than half also were punished last year through the penalty, which was created by the Affordable Care Act and began four years ago. The program is designed as a financial incentive for hospitals to avoid infections and other mishaps, such as blood clots and bed sores. (Rau, 12/21) In other quality news — Basic steps to prevent infections — such as washing hands, isolating contagious patients and keeping ill nurses and aides from coming to work — are routinely ignored in the nation’s nursing homes, endangering residents and spreading hazardous germs. A Kaiser Health News analysis of four years of federal inspection records shows 74 percent of nursing homes have been cited for lapses in infection control — more than for any other type of health violation. In California, health inspectors have cited all but 133 of the state’s 1,251 homes. (Rau, 12/22) Kaiser Health News: Medicare Penalizes Group Of 751 Hospitals For Patient Injuries Kaiser Health News: Infection Lapses Rampant In Nursing Homes But Punishment Is Rare This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.